Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Overview

Dutch paintings of the seventeenth century––the Golden Age of Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer––have been eagerly collected in America over the past two centuries. From its founding purchase in 1871 of many Dutch landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and scenes of everyday life, the Metropolitan Museum now houses the finest and most comprehensive collection of Dutch pictures in the western hemisphere.

This monumental publication, wherein the Museum’s 229 Dutch ...

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Overview

Dutch paintings of the seventeenth century––the Golden Age of Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer––have been eagerly collected in America over the past two centuries. From its founding purchase in 1871 of many Dutch landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and scenes of everyday life, the Metropolitan Museum now houses the finest and most comprehensive collection of Dutch pictures in the western hemisphere.

This monumental publication, wherein the Museum’s 229 Dutch paintings dating from 1600 to 1800 are catalogued for the first time, celebrates an extraordinary collection. Included are a full discussion of each picture and complete records of its scholarly literature, exhibition history, and provenance. Every work is reproduced in color and comparative illustrations enrich the presentation. A biography of each artist and a comprehensive bibliography reflect the latest research.

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Editorial Reviews

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This is the catalogue raisonne to the recent major exhibition "Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art", which marked a compromise between the 400th birthday of the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) and the centennial of the Hudson-Fulton celebration in 1909 commemorating Henry Hudson's sail up the Hudson River in 1609 and Robert Fulton's same trip by steamboat in 1807. Featured here for the first time is the museum's entire, extraordinary collection of 228 Dutch paintings dating from 1600 to 1800. Begun in 1871 when the museum purchased 174 European paintings consisting largely of Dutch landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes, the collection came to reflect the tastes of Gilded Age benefactors like J.P. Morgan, Henry Havemeyer, and Benjamin Altman, including portraits by the 17th-century Dutch masters Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. During the 20th century, additional gifts and purchases added more depth to the collection. Curator Liedtke discusses each masterwork at great length, ultimately producing a work that is encyclopedic in scope, beautifully illustrated, and extremely well documented. Strongly recommended for academic, public, and special art research collections.
—Cheryl Ann Lajos

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300120288
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 9/11/2007
  • Pages: 1083
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 3.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Liedtke is Curator of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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